Your eyes are your windows into the world, as much as they are windows into your soul. The importance of looking after them cannot be overstated at all. There are things you can do to look after them, like keep sharp sticks out of there. Other than the blindingly obvious, there other fairly simple steps to take.

Visit an optometrist regularly. In order to keep your eyes in the best possible health, you should have them checked on a regular basis.


If you don’t have eye or vision issues, you should book an appointment at an eye clinic every five or ten years. This is the recommended range for those in their 20s and 30s. Those aged 65 or over should have their eyes checked every couple of years.

Contact lenses, if worn, should always be taken out at the end of the day. They also should not be worn for longer than 19 hours. Contacts shouldn’t be worn for extended periods because they can cause permanent eye damage. Also, your eyes need regular supplies of oxygen and this is blocked by contact lenses, especially during sleep.

If you wear any eye makeup, make sure that you remove at the end of the day before going to bed. Make sure you do this, and always take the time to do it. Mascara and eyeliner get into the eye and cause a lot of irritation. If you are simply too tired to go through the process, get in the habit of leaving makeup remover pads by your bed.

Those suffering with allergies, such as hayfever, and use eyedrops should use these sparingly. Daily use can make the irritation in your eyes worse, not better. This is called rebound redness which ends with more redness because your eye simply stops responding to the drops.

These kinds of eyedrops function by restricting the flow of blood to the cornea which deprives it of oxygen. Your eyes stop getting itchy and red, but they are also no longer getting the oxygen they need. Eventually this can lead to scarring.

Outer protection

Sunglasses are excellent for eye protection, and you should always wear them while you are outside. Keep an eye out for those glasses that have stickers on saying how much UVA and UVB rays are blocked.

Exposure to to UV rays can damage your eyes, and by protecting your eyesight in younger years can help to prevent loss of your eyesight later years.

Damage from UV rays have a way of building up over the course of a lifetime so it is important to shield children’s eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. This means hats, and not just glasses.

Make sure you also get plenty of sleep because this can contribute to eye fatigue. This can bring on eye irritation, difficulty in focusing, streaming eyes and more including double vision.

It really cannot be overstated just how important it is to look after your eyes, and those of your children.